Colson Whitehead

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Colson Whitehead
Colson whitehead 2009.jpg
Colson Whitehead at the 2009 Texas Book Festival.
Born 1969
New York City
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Genre Fiction and Non-fiction
Notable works The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Zone One

www.colsonwhitehead.com

Colson Whitehead is a New York-based novelist. He is the author of the 1999 novel The Intuitionist, as well as four other novels and one book of non-fiction. In 2002, he received a MacArthur Fellowship.

Personal life[edit]

Whitehead was born in New York City on November 6, 1969, and grew up in Manhattan. He attended Trinity in Manhattan. Whitehead graduated from Harvard College in 1991.

Career[edit]

After leaving college, Whitehead wrote for The Village Voice.[1][2] While working at the Voice, he began drafting his first novels.

Whitehead has since produced six book-length works—five novels and a meditation on life in Manhattan in the style of E.B. White's famous essay Here Is New York. The books are 1999's The Intuitionist, 2001's John Henry Days, 2003's The Colossus of New York, 2006's Apex Hides the Hurt, 2009's Sag Harbor, and 2011's Zone One, a New York Times Bestseller.[3]

Esquire Magazine named The Intuitionist the best first novel of the year, and GQ called it one of the "novels of the millennium."[4] Novelist John Updike, reviewing The Intuitionist in The New Yorker, called Whitehead "ambitious," "scintillating," and "strikingly original," adding, "The young African-American writer to watch may well be a thirty-one-year-old Harvard graduate with the vivid name of Colson Whitehead."[4]

Whitehead's The Intuitionist was nominated as the Common Novel at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The Common Novel nomination was part of a long-time tradition at the Institute that included authors like Maya Angelou, Andre Dubus III, William Joseph Kennedy, and Anthony Swofford.

Whitehead's non-fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Granta, and Harper's.[5]

His non-fiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death will be published by Doubleday in 2014.

He has taught at the University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, New York University, and been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Wyoming.

He is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Princeton University

Honors[edit]

For The Intuitionist

For John Henry Days

For Apex Hides the Hurt

For Sag Harbor

For Zone One

Bibliography[edit]

Fiction

Non-fiction

  • The Colossus of New York (2003)
  • The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colson Whitehead". Colsonwhitehead.com. Archived from the original on 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  2. ^ Nancy Smith (2012-07-17). "Interview with Colson Whitehead". The Rumpus. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Colson Whitehead". Pen.org. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  4. ^ a b John Updike, "Tote That Ephemera," The New Yorker, May 7, 2001.
  5. ^ a b "Colson Whitehead to be awarded Longwood’s Dos Passos Prize for Literature". Longwood University. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 

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